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Edwards to stay in Dragons'

Newport Gwent Dragons have appointed Darren Edwards as head coach on a permanent basis.

Edwards, who also coaches the Wales Under-20s and originally joined the region as backs coach in 2009, has been acting head coach since the departure of Paul Turner in February.

"Darren was given an opportunity to prove himself earlier in the season and he has seized it with both hands," said Dragons chief executive Mike Jenkins.

"We have a vibrant, talented coaching team here and both Darren and Rob have shown that they have the skill and knowledge to guide our regional set-up to the next level."

Edwards will manage the senior regional side, while Robert Beale will be responsible for the long-term development and management of rugby in the region in his role as director of rugby.

"Although Rob's role hasn't changed through this appointment, his responsibilities and the important part he is playing in the long-term development of Dragons rugby has been clarified through this change in title," Jenkins added.

The Dragons are currently seventh in the Magners League table.

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